LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Trina Spear, co-founder and co-CEO of FIGS, is one of 22 business leaders under the age of 45 selected by The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. as a 2018 Henry Crown Fellow.
Other notable class inductees include S'well CEO Sarah Krauss, Credit Karma CEO Kenneth Lin, SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan and more.
The Henry Crown Fellowship Program was established in 1997 to mobilize a new breed of leaders to tackle the world's most intractable problems.
Henry Crown Fellows spend four weeks over the course of two years in structured retreat, exploring their leadership, core values, visions for a good society and desired legacies. Fellows also launch individual initiatives of their own choosing that will stretch their boundaries and have a positive impact on the community, the country or the world.
"I'm incredibly honored and excited to join this community of forward-thinking innovators. I look forward to exploring new ways to impact our communities and make meaningful changes around the world," said Spear who co-founded FIGS in 2013, a recommerce company that set out to disrupt the $50 billion dollar medical apparel industry by selling modern, stylish and functional medical apparel direct to consumer. FIGS has succeeded and is now a cult-like commodity in the medical industry with impressive YOY growth of 600%.
Prior to co-founding FIGS, Spear worked at Citigroup's investment banking and private equity divisions, and then in Blackstone's hedge fund group. Spear is a graduate of Tufts University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business school. She is a 2018 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.
"We are especially delighted with this year's class of Henry Crown Fellows, the 22nd since the Fellowship was founded," said Peter Reiling, executive director of the program. "For society, they represent a potent force of talent, ready to focus their energies on some of the greatest challenges of our times. For themselves, they are embarking on a personal journey 'from success to significance' - one that will change their lives forever."
FIGS is revolutionizing the healthcare industry by raising the standards of how medical apparel is designed, branded and sold.
FIGS is the first medical apparel company to sell directly to the consumer through a thoughtful, data-driven e-commerce platform that utilizes predictive analytics, a streamlined UI / UX experience and lifestyle-driven imagery.
FIGS designs are innovative, modern and functional and have become a cult-like commodity in the medical space. Products are designed thoughtfully, are thoroughly tested and held to the highest standards of quality and usefulness. That's why every set of FIGS is made from its proprietary fabric that is antimicrobial, anti-wrinkle, liquid repellent, lightweight and features four-way stretch technology.
They have changed the meaning of the word scrub. No longer are medical professionals limited to wearing scratchy, heavy, boxy, ill-fitted uniforms. They now can wear something that is purposeful, functional, stylish and like fashion companies has evolving styles, product launches and seasons.
Improving the medical professional's experience on a global scale is paramount to FIGS' mission. Through the company's Threads for Threads initiative, FIGS has donated hundreds of thousands of scrubs to healthcare providers in need in over 35 countries around the world. They've partnered with organizations like Every Mother Counts, International Medical Corps, Project CURE and more.
About the Henry Crown Fellowship Program
The Henry Crown Fellowship Program was established in 1997 to honor the life and career of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990) and was initially funded by the Henry and Gladys Crown Charitable Trust Fund. The Fellowship is the flagship program within the Aspen Global Leadership Network. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org/crown.
About The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.